Biography of Joseph Dickson, Sr.
Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Biographies





JOSEPH DICKSON, SR., who has practically retired from the active life of an agriculturist, after many years of successful effort, resides on his valuable farm of 100 acres, which is situated on the Mount Jackson and Hillsville road, one mile west of the former place. Mr. Dickson was born November 27, 1827, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and is a son of Joseph and Rachel (Shipley) Dickson.

The Dicksons settled first in Allegheny County as early as 1772, and the name is still honorably known there. The grandfather, William Dickson, was born in Scotland, but later moved to Ireland, where he married before emigrating to America. Their son, Joseph Dickson, was born in 1772, in what was known as the Red Stone Settlement, east of Pittsburg, and both he and father spent their lives in Allegheny County, where the latter lived to the age of 101 years.

Joseph Dickson, the second, was reared in Allegheny County. In early manhood he went to California, where he remained twelve years, and was variously engaged, being a miner, a road contractor. and also operator of a sawmill. In 1868 he came to Lawrence County, and purchased his present farm in North Beaver Township, on which he has resided ever since, carrying on a general agricultural line. Mr. Dickson .has done all the improving on his property.

After coming to Lawrence County Mr. Dickson married Maria J. Robison, a daughter of J. L. Robison, who was born and reared in North Beaver Township. Mr. and Mrs. Dickson have had six children: William, who is engaged in a drug business in Pittsburg; Robert, who is a traveling salesman; Elizabeth, deceased, was the wife of Edward Wallace, of Washington County, Pennsylvania; Sadie, deceased; and Joseph, who operates the home farm for his father. The mother of the above family died in 1905. Mr. Dickson is a member and liberal supporter of the Westfield Presbyterian Church.


From:
20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Pennsylvania
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908


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